Shaping the global oil peak: a review of the evidence on field sizes, reserve growth, decline rates and depletion rates

Sorrell, Steve, Speirs, Jamie, Bentley, Roger, Miller, Richard and Thompson, Erica (2012) Shaping the global oil peak: a review of the evidence on field sizes, reserve growth, decline rates and depletion rates. Energy, 37 (1). pp. 709-724. ISSN 0360-5442

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Abstract

This review paper summarises and evaluates the evidence regarding four issues that are considered to be of critical importance for future global oil supply. These are: a) how regional and global oil resources are distributed between different sizes of field; b) why estimates of the recoverable resources from individual fields tend to grow over time and the current and likely future contribution of this to global reserve additions; c) how rapidly the production from different categories of field is declining and how this may be expected to change in the future; and d) how rapidly the remaining recoverable resources in a field or region can be produced. It is shown that, despite serious data limitations, the level of knowledge of each of these issues has improved considerably over the past decade. While the evidence on reserve growth appears relatively encouraging for future global oil supply, that on decline and depletion rates does not. Projections of future global oil supply that use assumptions inconsistent with this evidence base are likely to be in error.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 7th Biennial International Workshop “Advances in Energy Studies”
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 13:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53951
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